Kids: Stewart, Depp are goo-d actors

Posted: March 26, 2013

MAYBE the Oscars should consider slime.

It seems to work for the Kids' Choice Awards.

Whenever that show starts to drag, instead of trotting out another musical number, someone gets doused with green goo, giant liquefied Nickelodeon boogers.

The goo takes all the pressure off the losers, because it doesn't really matter who wins these awards - it's all about seeing celebrities get slimed in a type of all-star paintball game.

But, they do give out awards, and here are some of this year's winners. Megapopular Johnny Depp ("Dark Shadows") won as favorite movie actor, while Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") was named favorite movie actress and female butt-kicker. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson picked up the trophy for male butt-kicker.

Other winners included "Victorious" as favorite TV show, Katy Perry as favorite female singer, Adam Sandler as favorite voice from an animated movie for "Hotel Transylvania," race-car driver Danica Patrick as favorite female athlete and "The Hunger Games" as favorite movie and book.

Host Josh Duhamel said a record-breaking 350 million votes had been cast for this year's viewer-voted ceremony, or one bored kid voted 350 million times.


* "The Book of Mormon," from the heretical minds behind "South Park," opened Thursday night in London, and between 10 a.m. and midnight Friday, $3.2 million worth of tickets were sold at the box office, a one-day record for a West End show.

On Broadway, "The Book of Mormon" won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical. The show also won a Grammy Award and recouped its $11.4 million capitalization after just nine months. It remains a tough ticket.

A "Mormon" production has opened in Chicago - it set a house record for the Bank of America Theatre and has been extended three times until September - and a national tour kicked off in August in Denver, where it has broken box-office records as it crosses the country.

* The New Jersey-based band My Chemical Romance announced Saturday that "it has come time for it to end." The foursome thanked fans in a statement and said the experience was "a true blessing."

My Chemical Romance's sound was a mix of alternative, punk rock and pop. Band members released their debut album in 2002 but really made a splash on the music scene in 2004 with the platinum-selling "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge." It featured the top-40 hit "Helena."

Ellen DeGeneres was applauded by a rapturous Aussie audience like a cherished part of the family as she introduced her Australian-born wife, Portia de Rossi, on a Sydney Harbour side stage on Saturday to begin pre-recording Down Under segments for her popular daytime chat show.

The Emmy Award-winning talk-show host arrived in Sydney with her mom, Betty DeGeneres, and de Rossi on Friday after a 14-hour flight from L.A. for a six-day filming trip to Australia.

Guests included Sydney native Russell Crowe, who presented Ellen with two kangaroo-hide cattle whips that he said she might need to catch "some brumbies" - that's Australian for wild horses, mate - when she visits Australia's southeast. The pair took turns at whip cracking.

Asked by one emotional fan whether Ellen and Portia would adopt her, Ellen replied, tongue-in-cheek: "We were just saying we should adopt someone. It's so easy for us."

Tony Bennett received the lifetime achievement award at the first Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards and Gala in NYC on Thursday night, and said he doesn't think Amy's life was tragic. He believes Amy lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician.

"Her dream was to become famous and a beautiful singer, and she accomplished that," he said. "Even though she had a short life, she had a great life, because she ended up praying for the success that she wanted and it happened. This is what this night's about."

Amy died in 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning. She was 27.

Attendees at the gala included Amy's father, mother and brother, her ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss, Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Hudson, Sean Lennon, and producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, who was also honored.

* Advance bids for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions' copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," autographed by all four band members, have reached $110,500 and could surpass $150,000 by the March 30 auction. Heritage originally estimated the album would go for around $30,000.

* In her one-woman show "The Maybe," Tilda Swinton performed the art of sleeping at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Saturday.

In "The Maybe," Swinton lies sleeping in a glass box for the day. The exhibit will move locations within the museum every time Swinton "performs."

Does this mean that when Tattle takes a nap at work, we can tell our boss, "It's art."

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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